July 8, 2011 — Minneapolis, MN
As Southern Sudan celebrates its first independence day, unarmed civilian peacekeeping — a new approach to human security with Minnesota roots — is saving lives and protecting civilians there.
Over a year ago, Nonviolent Peaceforce (NP), an international nongovernmental organization based in Brussels with a U.S. office in Minneapolis, deployed an international unarmed civilian peacekeeping team to Southern Sudan at the invitation of local organizations.
The team protects civilians and works with local civil society to prevent violence in the states of Western and Central Equatoria. NP peacekeepers live and work shoulder-to-shoulder with civilians living under extreme threat of violence. NP provides direct protection to those vulnerable to violence, including women and children, especially children at risk of abduction by armed groups.